Build-A-Bear Workshop, USA

Build-A-Bear Workshop Is a company specialized in selling Teddy Bears and other plush, which can be dressed and decorated by the buyer in the shop and like this make their own fantasy creation. The idea came from Maxine Clark (founder) and her friend Katie (10 years old at that time), who were out shopping for stuffed toys. Unfortunately they couldn't find the stuffed toy Katie wanted so much and Katie said the stuffed toys look so easy to make, we could make them ourselves.

With this idea in mind, crafting and dressing a stuffed toy, Maxine looked around to see if she could find a shop who was willing to make this possible, however no one was interested nor did want to sell such. So Katie said we should do it. Although many adults said "It will never work", the kids were asking when can they start. And so it began. In 1997 the first store opened in St. Louis, Missouri and by today there are over 400 shops worldwide and over 125 million furry friends around the globe.